I feel like I live at the vets office so hopefully you guys can help me and save me a trip as well as some money:).. My 13 week pommie has a habit of eating back his poop he doesn't do it all the time but sometimes is too much for me. I was with him 24hrs a day from 8 weeks to 12 but now when I leave the house I have been leaving him in the crate and on Sunday he ate all his feces back before I came home and I caught him yesterday trying 2 do it again. I will take him to the vet in a week for a regular health check or should I go sooner. Tips PLEASE!!
sprinle some accent meat tenderizer on his food. it is supposed to make his poop taste nasty and therefore discourage him from wanting to eat it. you caould also try a product called for-bid. same ting .. add it to their food.
you can also google coprophagia and see if there are any other recommendations for this habit.
There's a variety of reasons dogs eat their poop (or other dogs poop). Some dog breeds actually have a reputation for it (hello labrador retrievers). While it's disgusting to humans, there's not really a medical deficiency that causes it so there's no point in taking your dog to the vet for it. Some dogs just like the taste. Sometimes it has to do with the dog food you are feeding. And if your dog is doing it when you're not home, it could also be from pure boredom.
Our lab Riddick would do it when he and his brother were on the breeder's Pro-plan formula.. but when I got him home and put him on a different dog food, he tried to do it occasionally, but not as much. After a couple of times of giving him sharp corrections when he went after poop while while I was outside with him, he gave it up completely. (at least I think he has...)
You can get 'deter', or meat tenderizer on the food can help I've heard.. Changing the food might help.. but the fact that you can't correct him cause he's doing it when you aren't home is going to be nearly impossible to fix.
Dogs eat poop because there is undigested food in it. They don't reason like humans do, so instead of thinking "ew, gross, that's poop!" They think "hey, there's chicken in there! Yum!" Changing his food to one that only has ingredients that they can digest would probably help.
Max used to do it, so I pick it up quicker so he can't get to it. I don't know why they do it. Your puppy shouldn't be pooping in his crate, he should only have enough room to stand up and turn around ; it's all part of house training the dog. Don't worry about it but try to restrict him from pooping in his own living quarters.
You already have some great advice so I will just tell you my experience. We have 2 Min Pins. The youngest started eating Georgie's poop after we switched her to diet food. There was probably undigested food in there. We tried the pill "Deter" and it did not help at first but he eventually grew out of it and no longer is interested in eating it. He was almost one when he stopped eating poop.
My vet said to try those pills and the meat tenderizer and if that did not work they could give us a prescription that would stop it.
Good luck. Nothing like poopy breath when they want affection after eating it. Yuck!!!
How long are you gone for now? You said you were with him 24 hrs. a day till he was 12 weeks and now he is 13 weeks and you are leaving him maybe he isn't adjusting well to being left alone. Are you going to work now and perhaps that is just too long for him, could you have a neighbor or friend come over and take him out at least once a day maybe twice a day while you are gone? Could you come home on your lunch hour and play and take him out? how do you know that he is eating all of his poo, maybe he hasn't gone at all since you are not there to see him go and eat it how do you know he went potty in his crate? Dogs don't usually go in thier crates, I am not saying they never do but usually they don't maybe he is just to young to be left alone for any length of time yet. I am sure it will get better maybe just a little more time is needed. Good luck!
I just started an internship and I'm gone from 9-5 not including travel time but my roommate gets home before I do and lets him out. He has one of those big crates so he has paper on one end and his bed on the other. My trainer told me to do it this way so he usually goes on the paper/wee pad in the crate. Is this the wrong way to housebreak him??? Also I know he ate his poop because on sunday my mom had him running around her house and she said he went in the living room and by the time she came back with the tissue it was gone!! I'm going to try the accent and see what happens. Thanks again:}..
Poms4ever: Your trainer told you a completely wrong method. That was what I was doing with Max until my trainer told me otherwise. If the dog has free rule of the whole crate it doesn't matter where the poop is, he will think it is okay to poo poo in his own house (his crate). You need to use the divider, so all he can do in there is sleep. The dog shouldn't be able to run around in the crate, but merely stand up and turn around comfortably. It completely ruins house training the other way.
I understand that you know your dog eats his poo but how do you know for sure that he goes poo in his cage when you are gone and that he has eaten it all up before you get home if you or someone isn't there with him to see this first hand. I know your mother saw him go to her living room and go and by the time she got back to clean it up it was gone but what makes you so sure this is happening in his cage, what evidence do you have that he is doing this while you are gone? If this was my dog I would probably assume that this is happening too but I would need evidence that this was true so that I knew I was trying to fix the real problem not what I think is happening. I have to agree, your trainer told you wrong about crate training and if that is true I think I would be wondering what else they told me wrong, maybe time for a new trainer?
My Dobes love horse poop, and the horse knows it and she will back her rear end up to the corral fence and drop it so the Dobes can stick their heads in the corral and snack away...then come in and try to give me kisses
I know he's eating it because I can see on the wee pads that he went(stains), but the poo is no longer there.
What is the right way to situate the crate I don't want him to not be housebroken forever. I don't want to give him only space to turn around and lye down because I'm gone for a period of time and the space is so cramped. Also when I had him in the little one he would go in the very corner but the main point is he would still go and poop would get all over his fur. So my trainer suggested I get this huge crate and set it up as his own little house. Please tell me the correct way I might have to take petco classes instead of at home training.
Horse poo is ambrosia for dogs. Makes sense really, its digested vegitation taking out the hard part of it. Considering what good fertizlier it is, it makes sense for carnivors to eat it. In the 'wild' they get their veggie matter from the intestines of what they kill. Intestines are eatten quickly and often first.
Changing your food may help, meat tenderizor may help, or you may have a nasty dog. One of my rescues is disgusting and will consume all dog poo she has access to. Its nasty, we've put her on just about everything as well as changing her feed. She just likes it, and some will.
Most of them outgrow it as long as you work to keep it out of their reach and they have a healthy well balanced diet. But consider, poo really is full of undigested products. They have a short digestive tract becuase they are carnivors.
Its omnivour poo (us, pigs, etc) that have the nasty nasty poo. We digest both so the stuff we pop out is pretty nasty in the end from the lenght of time it stews inside of us.
I have Prince for the same reason you have Max!! Second of all I planned to take the whole summer off from school and just hang around but I got a great internship offer that would help me so much in my major. A lot of people work and have healthy well adjusted pets this is not hollywood where u can have pets and be home all day or take them everywhere, I'm not Paris hilton or trying to be. I'm also not 14 so I have to do what's great for Prince and myself in the long haul. I spend lots of time with him and we have a trainer that comes by twice a week. Don't ask me y I have him , he's here and I'm trying to do right by him.
I didn`t mean to offend you. It's just why dogs end up in shelters ; their owners don't have time to train them. You should have picked a time where you'll be home a lot, it's a puppy, not a dog. And puppies take A LOT of time. Just please at least housetrain him, how much of the time is he left alone?